PARIS–This year’s Sesame awards presented during a ceremony here Dec. 6 included a broad variety of technologies among the various winners.
The Sesames this year included a record 375 applicants, with 33 finalists across 10 categories. Thirty-four industry experts judged the applications.
U.S.-based payments-development company Blackboard Inc. won an award in the banking/retail/loyalty division for its MF4100 multifunction contactless reader. The product enables college students to make payments with contactless and magnetic stripe cards in multiple campus locations for such services as laundry, document printing and other small-balance purchases.
Blackboard devised the product so institutions may write their own software, adapting the technology for the specific requirements of different campuses.
France-based Oberthur Technologies won in the mobile category for its NFC Now offer for its commercial deployment of Near Field Communication technology two years ago in Nice, France. The technology supports payments, loyalty programs and mass-transit ticketing.
Oberthur won another Sesame in the transportation category for its Voox product. Voox consists of a tiny radio-frequency antenna built into the contact plate of a contactless card or reader. This innovation significantly enhances the robustness and reliability of contact or contactless cards.
The top award in the hardware category went to France-based Safran AG’s Morpho’s eDocuments unit for its ConnectSIM product. The technology, developed in conjunction with Norway-based telecommunication carrier Telenor Group, enables telcos to send secure data to mobile handsets via wireless Internet connections.
France-based chip supplier Inside Secure, formerly Inside Contactless, won in the software category for Open NFC. The firm’s open-source NFC middleware product, developed for public use, is available for free to all potential NFC technology developers.
Idex ASA, a Norway-based research-and-development company, won in the identification/ID cards category for its SmartFinger Film technology, which enables the incorporation of a thin, flexible fingerprint sensor into identity and other smart cards.
Germany-based Gematik Gmbh, which develops various applications for the German government, won in the electronic transactions category for its practice-fee and receipt service. The technology automatically determines patients’ copayment limits for health care fees and pharmaceutical copayments, and it enables other payment options.
Netherlands-based Gemalto NV won in the information-technology security category for its eGo product, which enables a user to authenticate credentials by touching an eGo-compliant object with any part of the body.
Switzerland-based STMicroelecronics won in the manufacturing and tests category for its UTAMCIC (UHF Tag Antenna Magnetically Coupled to Integrated Circuit) product, which uses magnetic coupling to pair an isolated flexible antenna built into a card with an integrated circuit for lower-cost card production.
France-based Mediscs won in the trusted Internet-authentication category for its IDéPhone product, which supports secure smart card transaction authentication over telephone lines for various channels including banking, identification and health care.
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